In January of this year I wrote an article about ‘long-term plans and incentives‘ after experiencing first hand the magnitude of already installed renewable energy systems throughout Germany within the private and public sector. Stating that the dimension and the extent of what Germany has been doing in this respect is incredible in this country is certainly no exaggeration. I was talking to a local board member about solar, wind and hydro power and whether there are any (comprehensive) plans from the Auckland Council and/or the Great Barrier Island Local Board regarding a pathway toward renewable energy sustainability for this Island (you may exchange ‘Island’ with whichever city you live in).
Auckland is not just a city anymore after the amalgamation of its different districts, but is now a ‘Super City’ with a ‘Super Council’. That’s what the Auckland Council is proclaiming, and despite that Auckland has gone through such an amalgamation not long ago that proved unsuccessful, everything is going to be successful this time. Well, I say, yeah right. The Mayor (Len Brown) has great dreams and visions for the Super City. He envisions in his 2040 plan – am I the only one who thinks it is utterly appalling to have a road map for 2040 when you are only elected for 3 years? – that Auckland will be ‘the most livable city’. I say: “Most livable in comparison to what?” The Mayor is in his mid fifties, most likely he won’t even be alive in 2040. Continue reading Rate Assessments for Great Barrier Island: My Nightmare Scenario for 2040